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Fractal conductance fluctuations of classical origin

Holger Hennig, Ragnar Fleischmann, Lars Hufnagel, and Theo Geisel (2007)

Physical Review E 76:015202.  ( BibTeX export )

In mesoscopic systems, conductance fluctuations are a sensitive probe of electron dynamics and chaotic phenomena. We show that the conductance of a purely classical chaotic system, with either fully chaotic or mixed phase space, generically exhibits fractal conductance fluctuations unrelated to quantum interference. This might explain the unexpected dependence of the fractal dimension of the conductance curves on the (quantum) phase breaking length observed in experiments on semiconductor quantum dots.